October 29

Today's quotation:

I do not want to die. . . until I have faithfully made
the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that
was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

Kathe Kollwitz

Today's Meditation:

This is a beautiful image--I love the idea that each of us was born with a seed inside of us that will grow into a full tree, beautiful and amazing, if only we provide it with conditions that will allow it to grow.

And what are those conditions?  Simply this:  using the talents and abilities and gifts that we were provided with in order to contribute something to the world, in order to give something in just the right measure, in ways that only I can contribute.  If I do so, then I grow and learn and develop those gifts so that they're even more beneficial to the other people who inhabit this planet with me.

I will one day die.  That's okay.  But as many people have said throughout history, I don't want to die knowing that I've never lived.  And if I don't use the very special talents that I have, then I can be pretty sure that I won't truly live at all.  But that problem is easy enough to remedy before it happens.  All we have to do is first, be aware of what our talents are and second, make every effort that we can to use those talents as well as we can.  We don't have to change the world with them, of course, but we can add something very valuable that may combine with someone else's contribution someday to make something even bigger and better.

Someday I'd like to see myself as a huge tree, providing precious shade for people during hot summer days, and perhaps shelter during rainstorms.  I'd like to provide a beautiful show in the autumn, and come back to help give people hope for renewal in spring.  I'm building that tree now, helping it grow and become more than it would be if I left it to grow on its own.  It does take effort on my part, but oh, what a result the final product will be!

Questions to consider:

How do you contribute to the process of growth for the seed that was placed in you?

What are the possible results of neglecting that seed?

What can you do at this moment to help that seed to thrive?

For further thought:

Never turn away from your gifts.
In their expression lies the power to release you.

Karol M. Wasylyshyn

  

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